Neil Young Concert Reviews - Knoxville, TN, May 27, 2010
"Down by the River" by Neil Young, Knoxville, TN, May 27, 2010
A rather unusual affair in Knoxville last night.
From Knoxville.com | Neil Young draws crowd at Knoxville show despite high ticket prices : Music : Knoxville.com by Wayne Bledsoe:
When music legend Neil Young performed a solo show Thursday night for the first time in Knoxville, the crowds came out.
A few were dismayed by the high ticket prices ($224, $124, $94 and $74), but even the man protesting the show carrying a sign that included the words “Ordinary people can only hear words … between the lines of greed” (all words from Young songs) for its message, wasn’t entirely angry.
“I’ve listened to and loved Neil Young forever, but I feel like the prices are outrageous,” said Bernard Shuck. “With the average wage scale in Knoxville, ordinary people who want to see Neil Young cannot possibly see him at these prices.”
Shuck wanted to make sure people understood that he was only protesting the prices, not the content of the show. In fact, he wanted to make sure that people know how much he loves Young’s music.
“Neil Young has kept me going at times when I had little else; he buoyed me up,” he said.
Ted Heinig, vice president of concerts for AC Entertainment, which promoted the show at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, said the company had tried to make several different ticket prices so that more fans could attend the show.
Traditionally, artists give concert promoters a price that they are willing to play for, and then the promoters must figure out how to price the tickets to meet that guarantee.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Neil Young in your hometown,” said Heinig.
Daniel Federer of Maryville sprung for the $124 tickets and didn’t feel cheated.
“I’m just glad to be here to see an American icon, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing the rest of the crew in September,” said Federer, nodding to a poster announcing the Crosby, Stills and Nash upcoming performance in Knoxville.
Cathy and Jim Zarchin of Knoxville had both seen Young several times in other cities and didn’t think the price was an issue.
“He’s in that pantheon when you think of all that great music from 1968 to ’72 — The Beatles, The Band, Springsteen,” said Jim Zarchin.
“The thing I like about Neil Young is he’s stayed consistent, relevant and passionate.”
Neil Young will be performing tonight at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Knoxville, TN. Special guest Bert Jansch will open concert.
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